UMR AMAP (botAny and Modelling of Plant Architecture and vegetation)

34398 Montpellier cedex 5






  • ORCID n°0000-0003-2769-2767
  • ResearchGate
  • @Louise_lbrs


I study the process of genomic divergence across the evolutionary continuum from genera to species and populations in non-model trees and palms of the tropical rainforest of Amazonia.


I use genomic approaches to disentangle the respective influences of natural evolutionary processes (local adaptation, gene flow, inreeding) and anthropogenic ones, with a particular emphasis on microgeographic adaptation and the evolutionary consequences of ancient anthropogenic disturbances (including incipient domestication) of wild populations.


My research is at the interface of three important disciplines: Genomics, Evolutionary Ecology and Biostatistics, including Bayesian modelling.

I take advantage of the recent advances in sequencing and computing to modernize the field of Ecological genetics and develop new and integrative research strategies for the study of non-model species in complex wild systems.




  •   2020. Brousseau L, Fine P.V.A, Dreyer E, Vendramin GG, Scotti I. Genomic and phenotypic divergence unveil microgeographic adaptation in the Amazonian hyperdominant tree Eperua falcata Aubl. (Fabaceae). Accepted as 'From the Cover' article by Molecular Ecology.

  • 2020. Brousseau L, Garnier-Géré P, Clément CR. Historical Genomics. In G. Odonne & JF Molino (Ed.), Methods in Historical Ecology : Insights from Amazonia. Forthcoming (Oct 12, 2020)

  • 2020. Tysklind N, Etienne MP, Scotti-Saintagne C, Tinaut A, Casalis M, Troispoux V, Cazal SO, Brousseau L, Ferry B, Scotti I. Microgeographic local adaptation and ecotype distributions: the role of selective processes on early life history traits in sympatric, ecologically divergent Symphonia populations. Accepted by Ecology and Evolution.

  • 2018. Brousseau L, Nidelet, S & Streiff R. New WGS data and annotation of the heterosomal vs. autosomal localization of Ostrinia scapulalis (Lepidoptera, Crambidae) nuclear genomic scaffolds. Data in Brief. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.08.011.

  • 2017. Piotti A, Leonarduzzi C, Postolache D, Bagnoli F, Spanu I, Brousseau L, Urbinati C, Leonardi S, Vendramin GG. Unexpected scenarios from Southern European refugial areas: disentangling complex demographic dynamics along the Apennine distribution of silver fir. Journal of Biogeography. doi : 10.1111/jbi.13011.

  • 2016.  Brousseau L, Postolache D, Lascoux M, Drouzas AD, Källman T, Leonarduzzi C, Liepelt S, Piotti A, Popescu F, Roschanski AM, Zhelev P, Fady B, Vendramin GG. Local adaptation in European firs assessed through extensive sampling across altitudinal gradients in southern Europe. PLOS ONE. doi : 10.1371/journal.pone.0158216.

  • 2016.  Engel J, Brousseau L, Baraloto C. GuiaTreeKey, a multi-access electronic key to identify tree genera in French Guiana. PhytoKeys. doi : 10.3897/phytokeys.68.8707. IF: 0.99.

  • 2015.  Brousseau L, Foll M, Scotti-Saintagne C, Scotti I. Neutral and adaptive drivers of microgeographic genetic divergence within continuous populations: the case of the Neotropical tree Eperua falcata (Aubl.). PLOS ONE. doi : 10.1371/journal.pone.0121394.

  • 2014.  Brousseau L, Tinaut A, Duret C, Lang T, Garnier-Géré P, Scotti I (2014). High-throughput transcriptome sequencing and preliminary functional analysis in four Neotropical tree species. BMC Genomics. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-238.

  • 2013.    Brousseau L, Bonal D, Cigna J, Scotti I. Highly local environmental variability promotes intra-population divergence of quantitative traits: an example from tropical rainforest trees. Annals of Botany. doi: 10.1093/aob/mct176.

  • 2013.  Audigeos D, Brousseau L, Traissac S, Scotti-Saintagne C, Scotti I. Molecular divergence in tropical tree populations occupying environmental mosaics. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. doi : 10.1111/jeb.12069


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